Today Mohun Bagan defeated East Bengal continuously for the 6th time in the Kolkata League. Bagan emerged victorious ridding a brace, courtesy Barreto and some excellent goal keeping from Shilton Paul.
The match kicked off with both the teams attacking each other. As the match rolled on in the 1st half, it more or less turned out to be who had a better midfield. East Bengal were playing a compact defence with Surkumar, Suresh, Bolajai and Debrata. In stark contrast, Bagan fielded a completely new set of players at the defence, Shubhasish, Manju, Maria, Habibur.
For Manju it was his first match for Bagan and first big match after the Nehru cup final. Maria came came into the team just a match back, and both Habibur and Subhashis were not regulars for the past matches.
Shilton pulled of a stunner from the feet of a colorless Edmilson, which could have "goal" written all over it. Both Manju and Subhashis took time to settle down and Douglas found it hard to cope up with the pace of the game and ended up committing needless foul on a number of occasions.
The half ended on even ground, both the teams putting in their best.
Soon after the beginning of the second half, the stadium erupted in joy as Barreto, from a long pass from Dharamjit, wrestled his way past Suresh and placed a wonderfully placed left footer past the goalie, who spread himself across the goal in vane!
Quite surprisingly after the goal, Bagan stepped on the gas and presented a much improved performance and stringed together some beautiful passes to create a number of chances.
Midway in the half, Shilton came up with another stunner off a side volley from Edmilson. A sure goal, was punched out by a flying Shilton who bended back to keep the ball off goal.
Mohun Bagan kept on the pressure and on the 92nd minute, Bhaichung was presented with a ball from Barreto. Bahichung found himself free and running towards the goal in full stream. 1:1 with the keeper, Subrata Paul pounced on Bhaichung pulling him to ground inside the penalty box, an inevitable penalty and Barreto calmly placed it in!
Full time: 2-0
Mohun Bagan defeat East Bengal six times straight in the CFL!
Bagan need to win just one match from the remaining two and they will be CFL champions.